Success Stories
Peer Support Saves Lives
Last month, a staff member at ADANC helped a consumer who was feeling hopeless by listening, empathizing, and referring her to the National Suicide Lifeline in case she needed to call. Two days later, the consumer told the ADANC staff member she was headed to the hospital because she was worried about harming herself or others. The staff member did not hear from the consumer for three weeks but continued to call and text her in hopes she would respond.

On May 11 th , the consumer called the ADANC staff member to let them know she was out of the hospital and in temporary housing. Since then, the consumer and staff member have been working on applying for the Targeted Unit Housing Program because she is in a group home setting and is not happy there. The consumer also revealed to the staff member that she had gotten a diagnosis for her mental health concerns.
Consumer Resiliency
ADANC staff assisted a consumer to apply for housing through the Targeted Unit Program (TUP). After completion of the TUP packet, staff received an email stating that there was an open unit for the consumer at one of the properties. The consumer started the process of signing the leasing documents necessary to acquire the unit. Unfortunately, the entire process was brought to a halt due to the Coronavirus pandemic. 

The leasing office made several provisions to assist the consumer with the process. The consumer was able to leave her documentation in the leasing office dropbox and pick up documentation that she needed to complete her paperwork. After months of back and forth meetings and signing documents. The consumer was told that she received a move-in date. 

 The leasing office told the consumer the TUP had not faxed her paperwork to their office, and would not honor the move-in date. The consumer contacted ADA staff, and immediately contacted a TUP point of contact to rectify the leasing office issue. TUP responded stating that they would investigate the issue. Before ADA staff heard back from TUP staff, the consumer called telling ADA staff that she had a move-in date of June 10, 2020.
Take the Census With Us
The country has reached an important milestone in the 2020 Census. 60% of all of the households in the country have responded – that's nearly 89 million responses!

Respond to 2020 Census: https://2020census.gov/

It has never been easier to respond to the census on your own, whether online at 2020census.gov, over the phone, or by mail.
Disaster Preparedness
Hurricane Season is already upon us and North Carolina has already seen impacts from two early storms, Arthur and Bertha.  We encourage everyone to make sure your family is ready for the season by building an emergency kit or updating your current one.
 
Visit  ReadyNC.org  for instructions on building a kit, and creating a family emergency and communications plan, and  remember to include hand sanitizer, face coverings, and sanitizing wipes in your kit . We are grateful to our 20 coastal counties for their efforts in developing the new  Know Your Zone program.   Residents interested in learning about their pre-determined coastal evacuation zone should visit  KnowYourZone.nc.gov. 
COVID-19
Phase II is expected to end on June 26th. ADANC recognizes the uncertainty and frequent changes in COVID-19 policies, and resources. This page is dedicated as a one-stop hub to find the latest information and resources for you or a loved one. Whether you are a consumer, a parent/legal guardian, healthcare worker, veteran, etc. we will have the latest information available and accessible. Please reach out to info@adanc.org for questions or accessibility issues.
Casino Night
*Date is tentative depending on state health recommendations
Save the date for 10/9/2020 the Annual Casino Night is back in action!

Members of the sled team and coaching staff will be in attendance as well as ADA staff members to help bring the fun and excitement of Las Vegas-style gaming

We'd like to give a very special shout out to Clouds Brewing . The staff have been incredibly kind and flexible during this time. We encourage everyone to support local businesses. You can find them at 1233 Front St. Raleigh, NC.

Early bird tickets are still on special. Don't miss your chance to bet on the sled!
AmazonSmile customers can now support Alliance Of Disability Advocates in the Amazon shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.

  1. Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device
  2. Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app and tap into 'Settings'
  3. Tap 'AmazonSmile' and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process
Employment
ADANC is seeking to hire additional Community Inclusion Specialist. Our staff have personal life experiences with disabilities and promote the Independent Living philosophy. Please send your resume and cover letter to job.applicant@adanc.org with "Community Inclusion Specialist" as the subject.

Any questions may be sent to that email as well. Significant travel to different communities is required. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. The expected start date will be July 1st, 2020.
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